We have assembled this list of questions to answer some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about the Canadian Red Cross First Responder course:

What lower mainland fire departments use the Red Cross First Responder course?

The Red Cross First Responder course is the most commonly used FR course in the lower mainland. Currently it is used by the following departments:

  • Abbotsford Fire & Rescue Service
  • Agassiz
  • Chilliwack
  • Coquitlam Fire & Rescue Service
  • Port Coquitlam Fire & Rescue
  • Delta Fire & Emergency Services
  • Harrison Hot Springs
  • Langley Township Fire Department
  • Langley City Fire & Rescue
  • New Westminster Fire & Rescue Services
  • North Vancouver Fire Department
  • Port Moody
  • Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services
  • West Vancouver Fire & Rescue

And the list continues to grow.

When you take your First Responder course with Priority Care First Aid you will receive your national certification AND your EMALB first responder level 3 licensing exams…. preparing you to the same standard used by these departments!

What will I learn in my Canadian Red Cross First Responder course?

The First Responder course is designed to teach you the knowledge and skills required to work within the EMS system or to be a professional responder in any other setting. You will learn to control an emergency scene, to thoroughly assess patients (both medical and trauma), to intervene where needed to correct life threatening conditions, to determine when an ambulance should be called, and to stabilize and treat a wide variety of injuries and illnesses such as spinal injuries, fractures, soft tissue injuries, cardiovascular conditions, diabetes, etc.

For a complete list of what you will learn in the course please click HERE.

What equipment will I use in the First Responder course at Priority Care First Aid?

You will use a wide assortment of equipment currently used by professional responders and paramedics! Some of this equipment includes:








Airway Management:

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Ventilatory Support:

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Cardiac Arrest Management:







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Care of Spinal Injuries:

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Fracture Management:






..and much more!

What is the difference between First Responder, First Responder level I, First Responder level II, First Responder Level III, First Responder level 1, First Responder level 2, First Responder Level 3, First Responder level 3 with Spinal and AED endorsements, First Responder Provider, and the Canadian Red Cross First Responder course?

When the First Responder program was initially started in British Columbia there were 3 levels of training: First Responder level 1, First Responder level 2, and First Responder level 3. These programs varied in length from one day to about one week in length, and you could also add two separate endorsements to your license: a spinal endorsement and an AED endorsement.

Years later it was recommended that these all be combined into one course, which some training institutions call the First Responder Provider course.

The Canadian Red Cross First Responder course meets and exceeds the content of the First Responder level III (3) with spinal and AED endorsements in British Columbia. It is recognized by the Emergency Medical Assistants Licensing Board.

Where do you offer the Canadian Red Cross First Responder course?

Our public enrolment First Responder courses are run in partnership with our friends at Valley First Aid, located in Langley, BC.

Can I book a group course?

Of course!

We can also schedule private group courses for groups of 6 or more at your facility throughout the Greater Vancouver area (Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Port Moody, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, Langley, Cloverdale, Surrey, White Rock, Delta, Richmond, North Vancouver, West Vancouver) and the Fraser Valley (Mission, Aldergrove, Abbotsford, Chilliwack).

We’d also be happy to travel throughout BC for groups of 10 or more.

I am an Occupational First Aid Level 3 (OFA-3) ticket holder. What is the difference between the Red Cross First Responder course and the Occupational First Aid (OFA) courses?

The WorkSafe BC Occupational First Aid program was designed specifically to focus on the needs of injured workers. The vast majority of the course focuses on assessing and managing traumatic injuries in the workplace, and the training is tailored to that environment. An example of this is the delegation of tasks to others on the accident scene. Because a workplace typically only has one trained Occupational First Aid attendant students are taught that all people assisting on the call are untrained. This is a realistic assumption in the workplace, but one that impacts how the patient management occurs. The Occupational First Aid courses also do not include specific training on pediatric emergencies, because workers are usually adults.

The Red Cross First Responder course was designed to train professional responders working in a wide variety of environments, including working within the 911 system, to respond to emergencies of all natures.

Because of this the course focuses on a wide range of medical and traumatic emergencies, including pediatrics, childbirth, etc. First Responders are taught to work in teams to provide optimal care. The patient assessment model is flexible, to reflect the realities of calls that occur in ever changing environments.

I am interested in a career as a firefighter and want to be a firefighter recruit. Should I take the Red Cross First Responder course?

Yes! You want to do everything possible to improve your chances of being hired as a firefighter recruit. By completing the Red Cross First Responder course and obtaining a BC First Responder license you will have obtained one of the major qualifications required of firefighters in British Columbia!

To view a list of our upcoming courses please click HERE.

I currently hold my First Responder certification and wish to progress to the next level.  What course should I take?

The next level of pre-hospital care is the Emergency Medical Responder course.  More information about it can be found on our website here: